Jessica Shang

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
PhD, Princeton University, 2015

330 Hopeman
(585) 275-2730
Fax: (585) 256-2509


My research focuses on the study of the interaction between solid bodies and their fluid environments. This includes the wakes generated by vehicles and bluff bodies, that experience flow noise, vibration, and buffeting from fluid forces that generally detract from system performance. Understanding unsteady flows will lead to solutions for these engineering issues. In biological systems, however, unsteady flows are the norm and fluid-structure interactions are prevalent, since tissue is often flexible. I am interested in how organisms interact with fluids, ranging from passive movement (plants waving in the wind) to active locomotion (swimming) to physiological flows (arteries). The movement of fluids within and outside living systems governs not only the movement of the organism, but also the transport of materials and molecules that sustain or compromise life.

Research Overview

Wakes of ships and bluff bodies; vascular fluid mechanics

Fluid and solid mechanics: experimental fluid mechanics; vortex dynamics; wakes; biological flows; fluid-structure interactions

Biomechanics: computational fluid dynamics; cardiovascular flows; flexible bodies in fluid environments